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first world war: hysterical tremors

No doubt we shall never understand the First World War completely. The malaise, the something sinister and strange lying beneath the prosperity of a seemingly newly minted modern age. The lust for violence, the belief in death and the ominous … Continue reading

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1914: cranking up the old hysteria

With a little patience, Germany might have had it all. But Wilhelm II was shrewd, treacherous, and hysterical, the archetype of the chronic bully whose mother had never loved him. He had a habitual style of discourse which in effect, … Continue reading

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catching a cold war

What exactly was the Cold War? When and where did it begin? Why? Who started it and could it have been avoided?…. …In the Far East, the Japanese had also moved. They occupied Vladivostok, and the Soviets saw themselves encircled … Continue reading

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What exactly was a cold war?

When and where did it begin? Why? Who started it and could it have been avoided? …Although its history is vast and complex, the Cold War was essentially a struggle for power between the Soviet Union and the United States. … Continue reading

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talkin’ bout’ a revolution

How does one explain the enduring legacy of Leon Trotsky? Was it the precient social and political prognosis? The understanding of the forces and dynamic of fascism? Do his admirer’s uphold Trotsky for what he was or for the ideas … Continue reading

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SEVENTH WARD BEGGARS

However whatever what one may conclude about the dubious ethics of Goldman-Sachs,CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s appearance among lawmakers on Capitol Hill was at least ┬álong on entertainment as was his entire troupe of well rehearsed players as seen by their choreographed … Continue reading

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I'M OK YOU'RE NOT OK

They are just posters. However, they reflected a Europe in anguish. Posters preserved from the First World War’s aftermath recall great propaganda art as well as the desperate years that produced it. This kind of art is harsh but compelling … Continue reading

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THE POETS DOWN HERE DON'T WRITE NOTHING AT ALL

The attitude was ”better a horrible ending than a horror without end”. There had been peace in the world for too long. From Berlin, in the spring of 1914, Colonel House wrote to Woodrow Wilson, ”the whole of Germany is … Continue reading

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